Let Your Walls Speak

Here is a to-do list to help you liven up boring surfaces this festive season

Published: 14th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th October 2014 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

BANGALORE : A lot of Diwali makeovers involve painting the house afresh but today walls have become canvasses for creative explosions. So look beyond brush and paint cans and go adventurous. Here are a few interesting ways to do up your walls this festive season.

PVC film and paper stickers

To instantly change the character of a room, use a life-sized poster sticker that says something quirky or profound and doesn’t look like a poster or a sticker, but calligraphy. The prose could be an inspirational one-liner, or could span an entire wall with funny house rules.

 Funky wall art also comes as stick-on trees, branches hung with cages, butterflies and birds in resplendent flight. Even little stick-on mirrors cut in various shapes can become great conversation-starters and cost next to nothing (check http://www.fabfurnish.com).   

Play with mirrors

Nothing speaks of the festive season better than a gorgeously framed mirror reflecting a shelf loaded with candles or a painting. Look for festive discounts in design stores or shop online to put together a wall arrangement of big and small mirrors reflecting the bounty of light in your house.

wallpapers add colour

There was a time when you saw wallpapers only in Hindi films. But now, the famous Indian diffidence with anything other than paint on walls has melted away to make way for brave ideas. A single wall clad in abstract patterns, silken stripes, classic florals or contemporary geometric designs can lift up an entire space.

Classic posters and vintage art

Hand-painted film posters are all the rage today and are a good investment for those just looking to start an art collection. There are entire books (The Art of Bollywood by Paul Duncan, Edo Bouman, Rajesh Devraj) now dedicated to the poster art of Bollywood and websites that claim to sell authentic posters at cheap rates. While the Internet is a treasure of kitsch art, you can also browse in antique shops. Also look for books on vintage art, birds, flowers that can be framed in a series.    

Masks, murals and sculptures

Modern murals crafted out of steel and wood when lit up create a visual punchline. Masks sourced from various parts of the country grouped in a happy jumble are a good alternative to boring wall colours. Family pictures and just about anything that makes you happy can become an wall arrangement you will not tire of looking at.    

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